Stand By for Crime
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STAND BY FOR CRIMEThis show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time.
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- 2006-07-13 03:43:32
Subject: Stand by for Crime
Subject: Not bad.
Contrary to popular belief, dark humor, satire, and genuine wit weren't invented in the late 60's. The post-war years weren't all Ozzy and Harriet, there's plenty of interesting humor out there.
Also, "Glamour Puss" is her nickname, she also has an actual name in the show, but I can't remember it off the top of my head. Claiming that detail is somehow emblematic of the entire show is just plain silly.
Overall, it's not a bad show. It's certainly not the best of the era, but the actors have a decent amount of personality, and the writing isn't too bad either.
Subject: Love this show
I don't see the show as being 'cheesy' as much as it is tongue-in-cheek. It's a bit like how seriously "Face" took the situations on the A-Team or Roger Moore handled dilemmas while James Bond.
So enjoy...only now do I realize that this show has been historically unpopular, but it's definitely worth the listen.
Subject: Also puzzled
But overall the show somehow sounds "modern". The audio is FM quality, with a bandwidth of 12 KHz. Perhaps it was reprocessed later, but it sounds better than that.
And I hear the same tongue-in-cheek or ironic tone in the voices. This tone wasn't impossible in those days (think of Stan Freberg for instance) but it was certainly rare.
Subject: Stand by for CRIME
If you're looking for cheese, this will probably give you what you want, but it seems way too tongue-in-cheek for me to be able to get into. The fact that the main character has a ditzy seceretary named Glamour Puss ought to give you an idea of what to expect.
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